Here’s what a qualified attorney can do for you:
- Offer support. A good attorney can help clients cope with the stress, fear, and anxiety that often accompanies a criminal charge by providing them with an objective and knowledgeable perspective on their situation. This includes explaining any possible legal defenses, what they can expect from the criminal process, and what is expected after a trial or conviction.
- Create a plan. A lawyer can develop a strategic defense strategy tailored to your needs and goals. The right guidance also helps defendants avoid future brushes with the criminal defense system.
- Gather evidence. Building a solid defense requires gathering evidence, completing legal research, talking to witnesses, and other complex, time-consuming research that a self-representing defendant likely won’t have time for. They can also put other resources to work for the defendant, including investigators who can contradict prosecution witnesses who attempt to change their stories.
- Negotiate a plea bargain. Depending on the situation, it may be possible for your attorney to negotiate a deal with prosecutors that may help you avoid the maximum penalty. An individual attempting to represent themselves is not likely to be successful in this regard.
The ultimate goal of a criminal lawyer is to either have the defendant’s charge reduced to a lesser offense, lessen the severity of the punishment for the crime, minimize or eliminate jail time, or achieve a dismissal of the case. Without sound legal advice and guidance, it can be very difficult to achieve one of these outcomes.
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Being charged with any sort of crime, whether misdemeanor or felony, is a serious matter that requires serious representation. With your freedom potentially at stake, don’t risk the outcome of your case by failing to hire qualified legal counsel to represent you. At Suzuki Law Offices, we represent individuals who have been accused of a variety of crimes, including sex crimes, theft crimes, Phoenix drug crimes, white collar crimes, Phoenix DUI, violent crimes, and more. We have decades of experience handling criminal cases – check out our testimonials to see what clients are saying about our firm.0